Commissioners approve benefit stunt show
by James Phillips
Jun 19, 2012 | 1008 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Savannah Faith Miracle Ride is entering its fourth year, and organizers of the ride received approval Monday from the Walker County Commission to hold a stunt show during the event.

The ride, scheduled for Sept. 8, is in memory of Savannah Faith Sides, a 5-year-old organ donor who died in a car accident in 2007. Sandy Sides, Savannah’s mother and organizer of the ride, said this year’s event will take place at the Old Airport in Jasper.

She said the route for the ride has not been decided but it will begin and end at the Old Airport with the stunt show being the event’s grand finale.

The ride always benefits a person in need of an organ transplant. A beneficiary hasn’t been selected for this year.

“We are very excited about this year’s ride. It will be totally different from past rides,” Sides said. “We are having the ride, but we are also thinking about doing a car show, and we will have the stunt show.”

Walker County Commission Chairman Bruce Hamrick called the ride a worthy cause.

“This is a big event they have every year, and we want to support it any way we can,” Hamrick said.

Commissioners were concerned about the county’s responsibility for any injuries that could happen during the stunt show, which is being performed by “The American Daredevil” Tommy Pearson.

“We’re not liable if he does something stupid,” District 2 Commissioner Dan Wright asked.

Hamrick said Pearson provided proper insurance for his stunts, which he has performed in Jasper in the past.

“He is very legitimate with what he does,” Hamrick said.

Commissioners unanimously approved a permissive use agreement for the event.

Sides said, for the first time, the ride will be open to all street-legal vehicles.

“Anything other than motorcycles will have to follow behind the bikes,” she said.

For more information on the fourth annual Savannah Faith Miracle Ride, contact Sides at 205-522-8105.